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Anti virus and firewalls

If I download Avast AV, (heard it's one of the best), do I also need to download an individual firewall eg, Zonealarm?
I intend to download Superantispyware as well.
Am I doing the right thing?
Am new to the download game but am slowly learning thanks to all the helpful advice so far received from everyone.

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You need both...

In reply to: Anti virus and firewalls

In addition to an anti-virus you also need a firewall of some type... be it ZonaAlarm or something else. If you have XP or Vista, both have built in firewalls if that is your choice.

Never run two firewalls at the same time... only one or there may be conflicts and unhappy results.

Glenn

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Firewall

In reply to: You need both...

Many thanks for your valuable advice. Question: is the windows XP firewall any good compared to ZoneAlarm? If not, how do I delete it before downloading the other? Will it reload via automatic updates?
One more question. I have Anti-Spy on the Yahoo toolbar. Will this cause confliction if I load Superantispyware?
Many thanks for your help.

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Well... some thoughts

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XP firewall is a good firewall; however, it only monitors incoming packets. I prefer a firewall that monitors both incoming and outgoing so I know what is sent from my computer and to whom. ZoneAlarm has worked well for me in the past.

Best I recall XP will disable the XP firewall when ZoneAlarm is installed... you can check this from the Control Panel/Security Icon. Download Z/A first then go offline to install... then see what firewall is active in the Control Panel.

Not sure and unfamiliar with Anti-Spy and how it affects SUPERAntispyware but seen no reason why they cannot be used together as long as SUPERAntispyware is used as an on demand checker. Simply put both should not be running real time and together. Personally I use both SUPERAntispyware and Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware as on demand malware checkers but never at the same time... just an example.

Hope some of this helps. I think you are on the right track.

Glenn

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Hi. The XP Firewall

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is good at what it does, but is an inbound firewall (one way) only. If you want control over what applications connect outbound from your computer (and are prepared to spend a little time learning what is valid so as to answer the popups during the firewall learning phase) get a two way firewall.
Download the installer for the firewall of your choice. (If bandwidth isn't a problem, download two or three, so you can try them out.)
Disconnect from the net. Turn Windows firewall off, from the control panel. Install the new firewall. when it says it's installed, reconnect, check for updates (may not be applicable for many firewalls.)

Once you've turned the Windows Firewall off, updates will not turn it back on again.
I don't use Yahoo antispy (nor any toolbars, either) so I can't advise if it will conflict with SAS, but from what I've read, it isn't that effective, anyway.

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